I went to help set up a Guy Fawkes bonfire party last Saturday. In exchange for helping to set up the beer taps, I was told to help myself to some beer. This is a party that usually has beer that you won't normally see in Maryland, a mix of homebrew and "pirated" beer from elsewhere. (The largest keg was Nut Brown Ale from District Chophouse in DC, for example.)
Okay, where are the pilsner glasses? I know I have at least one......... ah, here..... though it is a Clipper City 10th Anniversary Glass....... gotta save this for Dec. 8th.......
One bottle I got away with was a bottle of Spoetzl Brewery's Shiner 101, a Czech-style pilsner according to the label. I've no idea if this is available locally. I don't normally check out German styles myself; I seemed to get my fill of them from Baltimore Brewing Co. when they were open and producing well, and also got lots of indoctrination from a late friend from Wilmington, Del. who was a regular visitor to Germany's opera houses and bars.
Shiner 101 pours bright, a rich yellow, a hair darker than the typical North American Industrial Lager. Good head retention, lace on the glass. Hop nose restrained a bit--present but subdued. Flashes of BBC's Pils come back to me. A bit drier and more restrained in character than my memories of BBC Pils, though. Extremely no-nonsense, obviously designed to wean Texas drinkers away from Bud/Miller/Coors with a somewhat richer body but very mellow flavors. It lives up to the collegiate implications of its name: an introduction to the world of beers beyond industrial, pedestrian lagers.
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